McDowell reveals death threats as LIV fallout continues

by | Jul 5, 2022 | 0 comments

Graeme McDowell at Adare (Photo by Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images)

IrishGolfer.ie

Feature Interviews

Why I love golf, with Jim Gavin 

Why I love golf, with Jim Gavin 

Jim Gavin is one of Gaelic football’s most decorated coaches. After a distinguished playing career, he led Dublin to unprecedented provincial and national dominance, winning 17 major honours including four successive National Leagues, seven successive Leinster...

Michael Hoey is playing life’s long game

Michael Hoey is playing life’s long game

On the face of it, Michael Hoey’s decision to swap his yardage book for a rule book and take up a role as a DP World Tour referee might surprise a few people. By his own meticulously high standards, the Northern Irishman even impressed himself at times with his play...

Graeme McDowell admits he never thought his move to LIV Golf would be criticised to the extent it has been, with the Northern Irishman revealing that he’s even received death threats since making the move to the Saudi-backed circuit.

“I don’t wake up and feel proud of myself every day,” McDowell told BBC NI from the JP McManus Pro-Am on Monday.

“I can’t turn on my Instagram or Twitter account without someone telling me to go die. It’s been a really tough couple of months but again, I expected it.

“I knew what the consequences were going to be but I didn’t realise just how heavily this was going to be hammered, trying to answer questions which are unanswerable. That’s probably the only mistake I made in London when I was at my press conference. I just wish I had said nothing.”

Indeed, McDowell believes he now finds himself in an impossible fight, revealing that Amnesty International approached him for comment in what he described as a “losing battle” – “How am I supposed to respond to Amnesty International?”

“It’s really hard because I’m being asked questions that there are no right answers to,” McDowell said. “I’m having my moral integrity attacked all the time when at the end of the day, all I’m trying to do is play golf.”

McDowell has come under increasingly hot water more than most since the first LIV Golf event in London last month as he chose to answer questions that many others shirked, ultimately offering such soundbites as; “If Saudi Arabia wanted to use the game of golf as a way for them to get to where they want to be, and they have the resources to accelerate that experience, I think we are proud to help them on that journey.”

McDowell was a different interviewee on Monday at Adare. It was put to him by BBC NI that a common frustration of many LIV critics is that the players are unwilling to own up to the monetary motivations behind joining the circuit, instead singing the praise of a new team format that’s yet to capture the imagination of golf fans around the world.

“Well it is about the money,” McDowell said. “I think most guys would be happy to say that to you. That’s what the guys are there for, they’re there for the financial opportunity. No doubt about it, no second thoughts, no one will argue that point in a million years, but there is more to what we’re trying to create for the fans.

“54-hole team format, it’s fun, it’s different, but nobody cares about that right now, they only care about the negativity.”

35,000 fans swept through the gates on the opening day at Adare Manor where McDowell carded a one-under 71 to trail Xander Schauffele by seven strokes after the opening day.

Stay ahead of the game. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest Irish Golfer news straight to your inbox!

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Stay ahead of the game. Subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest Irish Golfer news straight to your inbox!

0 Comments

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Stories

Modernised world golf rankings now in play

Modernised world golf rankings now in play

The Governing Board of Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) has announced that the enhancements to OWGR's system revealed in August of 2021 are now in effect after a 12-month notice period. The updated system incorporates modern statistical techniques, which allows...